How I Met Your Mother

Season 4 Episode 4


Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 13, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When Ted is packing his stuff for his move to New Jersey, he discovers that the gang was going to hold an intervention for his engagement to Stella and demands they hold it anyway.

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  • Barney Stinson's Awesomeness

    In this episode, it shows the continuation from the previous one, which Ted wanted to move out, sames goes to Lily and Marshall, and Robin gonna go to Japan, everyone are moving out. However, the character which I like the most who is Barney, wait for it ...... Stinson again showed his awesomeness. Again, it was not the main message of this episode, yet Barney's old guy make up, and also the magic trick, as well as being hard of hearing, make Neil Patrick Harris alive. Being a playboy, in this episode, Barney came out with a new trick, which is impersonating an older version of him, who ages 80 years old, hooking up with a bimbo named Cindy. You are always awesomely legendary, Barney Stinson. Next, I have never witnessed someone an played a magic trick, which involved fire, without any items in their hands but Barney did, maybe there is an item in his hands, in the blind spot perhaps. Last but not least, in the old man make up, he feigned deaf after he entered Ted's apartment unit, finding out that he became the target of intervention.moreless
  • Ted moves out again

    This episode was a bit of a callback to previous seasons. After Ted and his friends hang out at Stella's place, Ted and Stella decide to move in together. Unlike the previous time Ted moved in with Robin this time the fight was not as big and it seemed mutual on both sides. Ted moving out and everyone telling stories kind of remained me of Lilly officially moved in with Ted and Marshall. All of the stories of the happenings in the apartment were all funny and entertaining. My favorite one was the one with the fire mark. This was classic HIMYM storytelling. A story within a story. The interventions were pretty funny. Robin's remark about Marshall's hat was hilarious. Ted finds out his friends were planning one for him. This leads to Ted freaking out about moving which lead to everyone getting freaked out about their situation. I am glad that they all decide to move on with help of Barney. Speaking of Barney, he was great in this episode. His pickup line was one of the best I have seen so far right next to him trying to pick up a lesbian or give him your number. (see Ted's birthday in season one)

    Robin is a great character and someone I really enjoy. In this episode she was not far from being jerky. I think it's another reason why well you know. Robin being drunk Canadian was pretty funny. This was a fantastic episode but my only complaint about this episode was not seeing Lucy or Stella. I can understand Stella not being in this episode because the women who plays her has role in another series. I would at least like to see Lucy even just a small scene.

    Overall there is lot of good in this episode.moreless
  • The gang has an obsession with interventions.

    "Intervention" is one of my favourite How I Met Your Mother episodes. It actually makes it in my Top 5 How I Met Your Mother episodes. I just find this whole episode entertaining. I love how the gang became obsessed with interventions. I love how they find their old intervention banner and they reminisce about their interventions. I love the one with Robin reenacting the great Vancouver Canucks in full hockey gear. I love the intervention of Stuart being an alcoholic and Barney comes in and offers him a drink. I love the interventions for Marshall's hats, Lily's fake British accent, Robin's tanning addiction, and Barney's magic trick. And I love how they had an intervention for having to many interventions. I love how Barney pretends to be an old man picking up young women and the gang has an intervention at the end of the episode for him. I give this episode a 10/10.moreless
  • Moving day.

    Everyone starts packing up to embark a new chapter in their lives. Robin is moving to Japan for her job, Marshall & Lilly are moving in to their own apartment, and Ted is moving to New Jersey with Stella. This was a closing chapter in everybody's lives. But it's time for new beginnings for the gang. I loved the Intervention gag, everyone had their own reason for their intervention, that was hilarious. The Intervention gag develops when Ted finds old Intervention letters addressed to him regarding Stella. Basically, it said not to marry Stella and that Ted was moving too fast. Ted starts to doubt his actions and gets scared, and decides to stay in the apartment, which becomes a chain reaction for everybody else, when they all end up not wanting to move. Sooner or later, when they see Barney in his "old person" suit, they all decide they need to move out, they can't be scared, and they have to do this. Meanwhile Barney proves he will be exactly the same by the time he's 80 years old. By the end, they all decide to embark on the new chapter in their lives. Future Ted lets us know that a year from now, everybody will be living in the same apartment. Kind of a spoiler, but I guess we know things are going to go south with Stella. Robin's not leaving, and Marshall & Lilly will move back in a year from now. I sort of wish I didn't know that was going to happen, but I still enjoyed the episode. Great episode that made me nostalgic on the old HIMYM days.moreless
  • This episode was just gold. Barney as usual was just hilarious. This is definately a MUST SEE!

    In packing up the apartment to move out for good, the gang starts to get cold feet. While sorting through old stuff, Ted discovers that at one point Marshall and Lily were going to stage an intervention to tell him not to marry Stella. After admitting they thought Ted and Stella were moving too quickly but now realize they were wrong, Ted then starts to question if maybe his relationship is moving too fast. His hesitation towards change then makes Marshall and Lily question whether they should move into their apartment, and Robin becomes uncertain about taking the job in Japan.moreless
Shaila Vaidya

Shaila Vaidya


Guest Star

Michelle Gunn

Michelle Gunn

Mrs. Abergast

Guest Star

Alex Lombard

Alex Lombard

Hot Chick

Guest Star

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Charlene Amoia

Charlene Amoia


Recurring Role

Matt Boren

Matt Boren


Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The last time that the wall that broke because of the encyclopedia was seen was during "Do I know you?", in this episode the wall doesn't show any damage (and there is no damage in any previous episode). This places the encyclopedia accident at some point between Ted's engagement with Stella and this episode. Later in the episode, there is a flashback to when Robin and Ted were dating, and you can clearly see the wall being already damaged.

    • When the encyclopedias and the shelf start to fall and crumble, you can actually see the brick wall push outward and shake.

    • When Ted scares the couple out of the booth the woman clearly takes her cell phone with her, only for it to reappear on the table when she asks for it.

    • At the beginning of Barney's magic trick intervention, the scorch mark is clearly seen underneath the intervention banner, before he burns it.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • (flashback, Ted setting up his 1986 World Book Encyclopædia series)
      Marshall: What's that?
      Ted: A 1986 World Book Encyclopædia. (pronounces "æ" as \ā\) Exactly the one I grew up with...
      Marshall: Encyclopædia? (questioning his "uncommon" pronunciation)
      Ted: Oh, you think it should be pronounced as "encyclopædia". (pronounces "æ" as \ē\) It's a common mistake. But, if you look at that squish together--"æ" symbol in this here: "encyclopædia" (pointing the cover of a volume of the series and, then, placing it on the shelf), you'll learn that it's ligature derived from the Anglo-Saxon rune, æsc--
      (Ted and Marshall startle to see the shelves fall down from the wall, tearing the plaster.)
      Marshall: You know? You gonna have to "pædia" for that. (pronounces "æ" as \ā\)

    • Ted: You guys don't think I should marry Stella.
      Marshall: No, we do. We're all really happy for you.
      Lily: Like I said, it was stupid.
      Ted: Well, obviously it wasn't. Because we agreed to not have anymore stupid interventions at our intervention intervention. (Flashback) We're having too many interventions.

    • Robin: You sound like that fat dweeby kid at camp. "Mom, Dad, I wanna come home, the cool kid are playing keep away with my inhalor."
      Marshall: I can't believe my dad read that letter at our wedding.

    • Robin: I know your new place has had some problems with the slanted floor and the sewage treatment plant nearby, but you're going to turn it into a great home. Tell him, Lily.
      Lily: It's a black hole where dreams go to die. I'm not moving, either!

    • Ted: My James Bond movies. Remember we watched them all in order and Lily spoke in that weird British accent for, like, a month?
      Lily: (British accent) It was sophisticated.

    • "Old" Barney: In a few minutes, the young me from your time is going to come through that door. Now, Cindy, I know this sounds insane, but in order to save the planet, you need to sleep with him tonight.
      Cindy: What? I...
      "Old" Barney: Sleep with Barney Stinson tonight, in whatever way he wants it, or he won't be able to find the solution to global warming that saves the human race.

    • Robin: I'm moving to Japan. It took me a half hour to pack.
      Lily: A half hour?
      Robin: Well, it would have taken me 20 minutes, but a friend called me in tears.

    • Robin: Stella's not gonna let you keep half of this junk.
      Ted: Why wouldn't she?
      Lily: Oh, Ted, oh, sweetie. Okay, here's the thing that guys only learn after they move in with a woman. All of your stuff is stupid.

    • (at Marshall's Cat in the Hat hat intervention)
      Robin: Dear Marshall,
      I do not like that stupid hat.
      I want to beat it... with a bat.
      Or maybe stab it with a fork.
      It makes you look like such a dork.

    • Lily: (with English accent) Cor blimey. This is a nice bloody surprise. What's this about, then?
      Ted: Lily, it's about the weird fake English accent.
      Lily: (with English accent) Bollocks.

    • Ted: (about planned intervention for him) What was it for? The Crocs? The hair product?
      Marshall: Not Stella.
      Ted: Oh, my God, this was about Stella.
      Marshall: I just said, "not Stella," so maybe it was about your poor listening skills, Ted.
      Ted: What?
      Marshall: It's out of control, see?

    • Ted: Lily, come on, let's hear yours.
      Lily: "Gilbert's reading skills have improved drastically since..." Wait, this is a letter I meant to send home with one of my kindergarteners.
      (cut to other apartment)
      Gilbert's mother: Gilbert, are things moving too fast between you and a girl named Stella?
      Gilbert: I wish.

    • Ted: Robin, could I hear yours?
      Robin: "Dear Ted, it's 'encyclo-pee-dia', not 'encyclo-pay-dia'. Why do you always say things in the most pretentious way possible? It makes you sound douchey—and that's 'douch-ey', not 'douch-ay'."
      Ted: Yeah, you already read that one at my Pronunciation intervention. Where's the letter about Stella?
      Robin: I didn't write one. I'm your ex-girlfriend. I figured anything I said on the subject would sound catty. Plus, I'm hotter than her, so who cares?

    • Robin: Barney, this is an intervention.
      "Old" Barney: I'm sorry, I can't hear you.
      Marshall: Enough with the "old man" bit.
      "Old" Barney: What about the old sand pit?
      Lily: Let it go.
      "Old" Barney: "Let It Snow"? I love that old ditty!
      Ted: I'm getting my flail.
      "Old" Barney: You're setting sail?

    • Barney: (reading his letter) "Ted, I cannot stand idly by…"
      Ted: You've just been carrying that around with you?
      Barney: Please, Ted. (resumes reading) "Ted, I cannot stand idly by while you make the biggest mistake any man can make: getting married. Mark my words, this whole thing is going to go up in flames!" (his letter burns up) Oh, I did the flames cue too early! The point is, Ted, marriage is stupid! Every year there are a million new, hot, 22-year-olds walking into bars, and call me 'glass-half-full,' but I think they're getting dumber.

    • (Robin's drunk, acting 'Super-Canadian,' and holding a hockey stick)
      Lily: Alright, Robin, give me the stick.
      Robin: I'll give you summer teeth—some are here, some are there.

    • Old Barney: Now, listen to me, Cindy. I am Barney Stinson, and I am on an urgent mission from the future.
      Cindy: From the future?
      Old Barney: The future. And I can prove it to you. In exactly four seconds, the woman at that booth is going to slap that man, Urg-Ummm.
      (Robin slaps Ted)
      Ted: Ow, what the hell?

    • Girl at bar: How old are you?
      "Old" Barney: 83, how old are you?
      Girl at bar: 31.
      "Old" Barney: Ugh. (walks away)

  • NOTES (4)

    • Originally (and subsequently) played by Victoria Williams, for this episode the role of Claudia is portrayed by Michelle Gunn.

    • The German episode title is "Der alte Mann und drei Umzüge", meaning "The Old Man and Three Moves". The French title is "L'intervention", and the Italian title is "L'intervento".

    • International Airdates: Australia: February 16, 2009 on Network 7; Germany: December 5, 2009 on ProSieben; United Kingdom: January 7, 2010 on E4/E4 HD; Czech Republic: October 27, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • Music: "Coming Home" by The 88 (the gang toasts with $2500 Scotch)


    • Marshall mentions John Bonham from the band Led Zeppelin and the fact that he died from an overdose. In the second episode of Freaks and Geeks, Jason Segel's character, Nick, was still distraught over his death.